"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.'' Harry Truman.
It's excellent advice for our incoming president, who told the world on Tuesday night that he plans to follow it - but not due to his Democratic predecessor's sage advice. He promised his daughters they could have one after the election, and woe betide him if he breaks that campaign promise.
CHICAGO (AP) — OK, dad won the presidency, but the election victory yielded a special bonus for Barack Obama's two daughters.
"I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House," Obama told Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, during his victory speech.
The good news for his daughters came as Obama acknowledged his family's contributions to his campaign. The news prompted even bigger smiles as they surrounded him. He did not go into details about a name or breed for the new White House pet, who will follow in the steps of the Bush family's Scottish terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley.